Canadians more likely to take pride in the present than history poll

first_imgTORONTO – More Canadians take pride in the things that affect them today than they do in their country’s history, a survey from the Association for Canadian Studies suggests.The online poll found that 73 per cent of respondents see universal health care as a very important source of personal or collective Canadian pride, while 70 per cent are proud of their Canadian passport.“We’re putting the greatest value on the things that are connecting with us in a contemporary sense — things that are more current, we tend to value,” said Jack Jedwab, the non-profit organization’s president and CEO. “We’re not looking too far back. We’re trying to look at today and ahead.”The Canadian flag takes the number three spot on the list of symbols of pride, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom comes fourth.Things more firmly rooted in the past, meanwhile, were lower down on the list.READ MORE: Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about country’s quirky historyThe Confederation agreements of 1867, for instance, were only a point of pride for 37 per cent of respondents, and just 15 per cent of people said they took a great deal of pride in the monarchy.“As much as we appreciate our history, those founding events seem to be increasingly removed from the things that we direct the greatest value at,” Jedwab said, noting that Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 are more likely to take pride in the Toronto Raptors, who recently won the NBA Championship, than Confederation.“They’ve given us something to celebrate,” he said of the team. “They’re champions, so they’re more current. The monarchy and the Confederation stuff is a bit more passe.”Overall, the poll suggests more Canadians are proud of the Raptors than any other sports team, with 27 per cent of respondents across Canada — and 39 per cent in Ontario — listing them as a very important source of pride.Next on the list of teams is the Toronto Maple Leafs, which won over 20 per cent of respondents across the country and 32 per cent in Ontario. Only 17 per cent of respondents said they took great pride in the Montreal Canadiens.“The Montreal Canadiens — I like to think of them as contemporary, but they don’t look very contemporary in this poll,” Jedwab said. “They look like part of the past.”READ MORE: No Canadian teams could mean less engagement for playoffs: surveyThe online survey, which polled 1,545 Canadians, was conducted by Leger Marketing between June 20 and 23.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada today announced a commitment to future collaboration across a range of different areas. The agreement was made between Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, on the occasion of the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week.In a joint statement, Hall and Tait commented:“In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian and British audiences want programmes and services about their lives and their culture. In divided times, it’s never been more important to reflect and represent every part of our diverse communities. And in a world where disinformation spreads in a flash, we need public media to bring the whole of society the news and analysis that it can trust – what is really going on and why it matters.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “As we reinvent how we deliver our services for new generations, we are coming together to share ideas, and our teams are exploring new ways to work together: amplifying our public service missions, bringing our audiences the best ideas, and investing in our local creative industries. Through this partnership we will bring the best stories to audiences across the UK and Canada, and around the world.”Read the full agreement between the BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada, here..About the BBCThe BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world. We do this across a portfolio of television services and ten UK-wide radio networks, providing the best live music broadcasting in the UK, as well as speech radio which informs, educates and entertains. We also have two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands, providing an invaluable and unique service to listeners across the UK. Our digital services include BBC News, Sport, Weather, CBBC and CBeebies, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. Around the globe, BBC World Service is on television, radio and online in more than 40 languages. Our commercial operations include BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, which generates additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Twitterlast_img read more

Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Nationwide train and island ferry services have been suspended for a day in Greece, together with most Athens public transport, as the country’s biggest labour union strikes against persisting austerity measures.Tuesday’s strike is being organized by the GSEE umbrella private sector union, which also includes many categories of civil servants.The GSEE and a smaller Communist labour union are also planning separate protest marches through Athens to the house of parliament.The unions want the left-led government to scrap key income and pension cuts imposed at the demand of international creditors during Greece’s eight-year bailout program.The program formally ended in August but the measures are expected to remain in place for years to ensure Greece can keep its budgets balanced and pay off its bailout debts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Belgian Woman Believed to Be of Moroccan Origin Arrested in Greece

Rabat – A 22-year-old Belgian woman accused of extremism was arrested in Greece under a Europol arrest warrant, said Greek coast guards and Greek News Agency (ANA) on Saturday. The same source claims that the suspect could be of Moroccan origin.“A 22-year-old foreigner was arrested because of alleged links with terrorist activity,” a spokesman for the coast guard told French News Agency (AFP) adding that the suspect is detained in the island of Corfu.The authorities refused to identify the nationality of the suspect but the ANA indicated that she is Belgian of Moroccan origin. The woman, who previously was in Italy, had taken a ferry from Italy to the Greek port of Igoumenitsa, according to ANA.She was arrested Friday night in Corfu after an alert given by the Italian authorities to their Greek counterparts, according to AFP. read more

In annual vote General Assembly calls for lifting United States embargo against

26 October 2010For the 19th straight year, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the decades-old economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba in the aftermath of the Cold War. For the 19th straight year, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the decades-old economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba in the aftermath of the Cold War. The 192-member United Nations body voiced concern about the “adverse effects” of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries in the non-binding resolution.The text received 187 votes in favour to 2 against (United States and Israel), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau). It reiterated previous calls on countries “to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures” that do not conform to their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation. In addition, the resolution urged States to repeal or invalidate any such laws as soon as possible. read more

Iraq UN experts inspect suspected missile chemical biological and nuclear arms sites

A team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) went to the Ibn Firnas State Company, which is owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation and conducts work on aircraft and remotely piloted vehicles for the armed forces. Another set of missile experts inspected the site of the Al-Harith Missile Maintenance Workshop, which services various missile systems. In addition, an UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected a guesthouse in the Al Rashidiya region. “The team entered the site, following a 20-minute discussion on procedural matters at the gate,” UN spokesman Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad. “The team leader, accompanied by an UNMOVIC interpreter and an Iraqi official, entered two buildings at the site and completed the inspection.”An UNMOVIC chemical team made their second visit to Falluja III, which is part of the Al Tariq Company. “The team inspected the site to establish the current status of the site and its activity,” Mr. Ueki said.Biological warfare experts from UNMOVIC inspected facilities at the Ibn Al-Baetar Centre at Al Taji, a previously declared and inspected site. They inspected the Veterinary Drug Research Production Centre, the Chemical Production and Analysis facility, and the Biological Research and Development Department.Meanwhile, over the past three days, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent a team of inspectors to the Mosul area, where multiple inspections were carried out. “One team concentrated on underground facilities, inspecting two projects associated with electricity generation and irrigation,” Mr. Ueki said.Inspections were also carried out at former nuclear facilities near Mosul, the Jaber bin Hayam site that produces chemical protection equipment for the military and some civilian products, and the Al Kindi State Company, which is associated with missile and rocket development. An IAEA team which stayed behind in Baghdad inspected Nahrawan and the Mamoun factory of the Rasheed State Company. “Nahrawan is a conventional metals machining plant,” Mr. Ueki explained. “Mamoun produces propellant for solid fuel missiles and was associated with the previous Iraqi nuclear programme.” read more

Michigans Snyder signs bill raising minimum wage by 25 per cent to

Michigan’s Snyder signs bill raising minimum wage by 25 per cent to $9.25 an hour over 4 years LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage by 25 per cent gradually over the next four years to $9.25 an hour, as Republicans controlling the state government moved to head off a November ballot measure that could have raised pay even more.The House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday, one day before a group of labour and community organizers planned to submit hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.The current hourly minimum wage is $7.40.The higher rate is supported by President Barack Obama and national Democrats, who have made the minimum wage a signature issue this election year. Snyder is up for re-election this year, as are many Michigan state legislators.Michigan is the first state with a Republican-led legislature to raise its minimum wage this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and West Virginia have raised their minimum wages, as well as the District of Columbia. Vermont’s legislature has passed an increase but it has yet to be signed by the governor.“This was a great exercise in bipartisanship and both chambers working together in close partnership, coming up with an agreement and executing on that,” Snyder said. “It’s good for the hard-working people of Michigan.”The Michigan Restaurant Association, National Federation of Independent Business and other business groups have said a wage increase would cut into businesses’ profits, which could cause closures and layoffs. The Republican governor said the measure is “economically sound.”Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said he introduced the bill to repeal and replace the law that the ballot initiative aims to amend. It is unclear if the new law could prevent the $10.10 measure from appearing on the November ballot.“We’ll just have to see how that process flows,” Snyder said when asked by The Associated Press.The Michigan House voted 76-34 and the Senate 24-12 for the bill. Roughly half the Republicans in the Legislature voted for it, along with most Democrats. Some Democrats said they voted no because the bill silences voters who signed the wage petition.Richardville said “everybody gave a little and everybody got a little.” It was a difficult compromise for many in both parties to support, Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, said.“I’m going to do this with a heavy heart because I don’t believe government has a place adjusting wage in our society,” Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, said. “I step up and support this bill because the alternative is terrible. The proposals that are in front of us outside of Senate Bill 934 will lose many more jobs in northern Michigan.”The legislation includes a provision requiring the minimum wage to grow annually with inflation by up to 3.5 per cent starting in 2019. It also would increase the wage for workers who get tips to 38 per cent of the minimum wage, from $2.65 currently, to $3.52.Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, said the ballot drive led to the legislative action.“We know this is the only Republican conservative Legislature to consider an increase in the minimum wage, and that’s a direct result of our work on the campaign,” said Danielle Atkinson, a representative for Raise Michigan, which is leading the ballot drive.Raise Michigan will still turn in signatures Wednesday because organizers feel an obligation to roughly 300,000 people who signed the petition, Atkinson said. The issue could end up in courts because Michigan is in “uncharted territory,” she said, contending she has never seen a legislature repeal a law about which citizens are petitioning the government.Raising the minimum wage was set to be a hot topic in Snyder’s race against Democratic governor candidate Mark Schauer. The bill is very similar to Schauers’ proposal from November to raise the wage to $9.25 over three years and tie it to inflation.___Associated Press correspondent David Eggert contributed to this report.___Online:Legislation: Emma Fidel on Twitter at by Emma Fidel, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2014 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack on Mali peacekeepers

“These attacks will not alter the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people in its search for peace,” said a statement released by the Spokesman for Secretary-General following the latest in a series of armed assaults against UN personnel and contractors in the Kidal and Gao Regions. “This latest attack only highlights the urgency of reaching a political settlement to end the conflict and enable the full restoration of State authority across the entire Malian territory.”The Deputy Special Representative in Mali, Arnauld Akodjenou, echoed Mr. Ban’s sentiments, stressing that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) would remain determined to fulfil its Security Council mandate.“Such violence against the UN peacekeeping forces is a serious crime and those responsible will be brought to justice,” he said. A press statement agreed upon by the Members of the Security Council also underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.MINUSMA’s press release said the base was attacked shortly before 7.00 am, when a suicide vehicle was detonated near a MINUSMA checkpoint about a kilometre away, killing a peacekeeper and wounding another from the Chadian contingent.A second vehicle then exploded at one of the base’s entrances, while the camp was simultaneously bombarded with at least eight rockets or mortars, two of which landed inside the camp, causing significant damage. The Mission said it would continue to monitor developments in close cooperation with Malian security forces and Forces working under Operation Barkhane, adding that it would support regional and local authorities in their response to the attack, in line with its mandate to protect populations.The Security Council Members’ press statement reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, stressing that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, calling on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, stressing that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.Council Members reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.The full support of the Council for MINUSMA and the French forces supporting it was reiterated in the Members’ statement, which also urged the Secretary-General to swiftly undertake appropriate steps to enhance the safety and security of MINUSMA’s personnel and to allow MINUSMA to implement its mandate in its entirety and counter asymmetric threats the Mission is facing. In that regard, Members called on Member States to enhance their support to MINUSMA in this regard, including by providing technical expertise and logistical support needed.Reiterating their support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2164 (2014), Council Members also called on the Malian parties to reach a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement without delay to help restore security in Mali. read more

Grangemouth gas leak Staff evacuated at Scottish refinery after leak detected

first_imgA petrochemical plant in Grangemouth has been partially evacuated after a gas leak.The leak was discovered in a pipeline on a gas manufacturing area at the Ineos site in central Scotland at midday on Tuesday.Emergency services were called to the scene and the south side of the site has been evacuated and roads have been closed.The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent eight vehicles to the scene to support the energy giant’s on-site fire engines. The ambulance service sent a special operations response team but it is understood no casualties are expected.Ineos said in a statement: “At noon we detected a leak on a pipeline inside our KG (Kinneil Gas) manufacturing plant at Ineos Grangemouth.”Emergency services are in attendance and we requested that Police Scotland close the Wholeflats Road as a precautionary measure.”The incident management team have been mobilised to manage the situation. Purely as a precaution and to allow our response team to manage the situation, we have closed a number of access gates and are allowing only essential personnel to enter the south side of the site.”All non-essential Ineos personnel who would normally be working in this area have been requested to report to their line manager.” Emergency services at the scene of an incident at Grangemouth. All emergency services, local authority and partners are in attendance. 1/2— FalkirkPolice (@FalkirkPolice) May 2, 2017 A number of access roads in the Grangemouth area are closed, drivers are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes. 2/2— FalkirkPolice (@FalkirkPolice) May 2, 2017 Falkirk police said in a statement: “Emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident at Grangemouth which happened at around 12.15pm today.”All emergency services, local authority and partners are in attendance.”A number of access roads in Grangemouth area are closed and drivers are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pupils at primary and secondary schools in Grangemouth were kept indoors over lunchtime as a precaution on request from the police, a Falkirk Council spokesman said.He said there were currently no plans to prevent the children from going home at the usual time.last_img read more

Taoiseach to press Cameron on the Ballymurphy Massacre

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH HAS called for an independent panel to be established to examine the Ballymurphy Massacre.The families of 11 people killed over three days in Belfast in 1971 today met with Enda Kenny, intending to push Kenny to put pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron.The meeting included politicians from Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance Party. The Taoiseach was given personal accounts from individual family members of the killings that took place in Ballymurphy.The massacre came as the British government implemented their internment policy, with the same regiment who would later be responsible the Bloody Sunday massacre claiming that they had been fired on as they entered the area. A 38-year-old priest was one of those shot.After the meeting, a government spokesperson said the Taoiseach had lent his backing to the families.“The Taoiseach told the families that the Government supports them, and is fully committed to assisting them in their search for justice, finding out the truth and vindicating the good name and reputation of their loved ones.“He said that the Irish Government supports the call for the appointment of an Independent Panel to examine all documents relating to the context, circumstances and aftermath of the deaths.“He also undertook to raise the matter directly with Prime Minister Cameron at their forthcoming meeting.”Read: Families of Ballymurphy massacre victims to meet the Taoiseach todaylast_img read more

MOPHO DJ reinvents digital DJing with your smartphone

first_imgThe art of DJing, also called turntablism, really exploded in the 80s, and has continued to grow over the decades. Scratching, mixing, beat matching, and other techniques have been used in millions of songs. Over the past few years, DJs have started experimenting with using digital turntables instead of the more traditional analog tables, but until now, the digital method always called for CDs or MP3s for the music. A new app is in the works that will change the way DJs can scratch digitally by eliminating the additional cost of digital turntables and records.Nicholas J. Bryan, a student at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, created the MOPHO DJ system. We’re not sure what Bryan was thinking with the name, but the system uses analog turntables as a material interface to control how the digital audio can be played back. Bryan, who researches music, computing, and design, created MOPHO DJ in a way so that it doesn’t need specific hardware or a special record used in digital DJing called time-coded vinyl.AdChoices广告MOPHO DJ uses an iPhone or iPod touch, though Bryan said it could work with any device with an accelerometer and gyroscope. The phone sits on top of a rubber pad which sits on top of a record. Bryan used a record-sized piece of plexiglass but said you can just use any old record. The app on the phone senses the turntable’s movement and wirelessly transmits those movements to a piece of software running on your laptop. This all happens in real time, and the software plays back the audio file as you’re scratching.You’re still using the hardware of the turntables as you normally would. You can still change the speed of your song, and turn the song on and off with the turntable’s buttons, which is actually pretty neat. The song that’s playing on your computer is being controlled by your analog turntable. Bryan says allowing DJs to use their old equipment with little modification is one of the major advantages of MOPHO DJ.The system also uses the iPhone’s screen to show a real-time audio waveform. This can be handy for finding certain points in the record to scratch at. For example, looking for a big wave sign can tell you there’s a kick drum there, which is an ideal place to scratch.Another advantage to the system is that it provides digital audio and storage, which makes DJing a party much easier since there’s no need to lug a hundred heavy records around with you. You can literally use any song in the thousands you have in your iTunes library.The program also features “untethered performance,” meaning you can “air scratch.” Just like playing air guitar, you can just move your hand with iPhone attached in the motion of scratching a record and the result should be somewhat similar. We’re not sure how accurate it will be, but it’s a neat party trick.Vinyl heads will most likely scoff at MOPHO DJ, as many people think there’s no way to DJ without good ol’ vinyl records. We’re curious to know how this affects the sound of the song being scratched. Regular vinyl generally has a warmer sound than time-coded vinyl. However, we’re assuming if the audio files are high quality, the sound shouldn’t be affected too much.Bryan is presenting his system at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference in Norway at the end of the month. He plans on releasing the iPhone app and DJ software in the future.Read more at Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, via OhGizmo!last_img read more

Scammer gets hacked his wrongs righted

first_imgHacking a scammer is a bit like someone beating up a bully–it’s pretty hard to sympathize with the victim in this case. What happened was that our unsuspecting hero was sent a PayPal scam via email. The fake “PayPal verification” was easily identified (PayPal would never email asking for personal information) so he started to do a little investigation.With a simple ping of the domain the helpful hacker–Reddit user Tomble–was able to figure out the scammer’s FTP address. With this he figured out that the FTP password was set as “password” and he could start to fight the phisher’s wrongdoings. The incredible thing is that Tomble didn’t stop at updating the scammer’s site to a kitten-filled warning page, he also tracked down the saved contact details of victims. He proceeded to reach out to each of them, explained that they had been hacked, and had them cancel their credit cards and/or contact their banks so that no harm would come to them.AdChoices广告Some of the people who were contacted were understandably suspicious but they came around and figured out that Tomble was on their side. Because he had their phone numbers he was able to call each person and explain what had happened, as opposed to them receiving an email that would have seemed even more questionable to them than the original phishing attempt. He even contacted the ISP and asked to have the FTP shutdown.Tomble noted that the victims were between the ages of 39 and the late 60s, which comes as little surprise given the type of scam.And, as one Redditor pointed out, Tomble’s hacking wasn’t a punishable action. It was a case of necessity, which says that under certain circumstances you won’t be held accountable when doing something illegal if the action is justified. So you can be excused of liability if you hack a hacker or, say, blow up a building when saving the world from alien attack.Full image and explanation:imgur via redditlast_img read more

I missed my chance and my dream of professional rugby was slipping

first_img Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM Share24 Tweet Email1 Short URL 45,567 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Bailey 9 Comments Apr 7th 2019, 8:01 PM Lansdowne’s Peter Sullivan has scored 14 tries this season. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOIT FEELS IRRESPONSIBLE, misguided even, to decide that a young player’s entry route into the professional game has shut in front of them if, for whatever reason, they fail to make the grade at underage level.But in an increasingly competitive and cut-throat environment, where places in provincial systems have essentially become the golden ticket on the journey to the top, that pathway through school, Ireland U20s and then the academy structures is considered the one and only route. The soaring levels of professionalism within the schools game, coupled with the added significance of that platform as the first stepping stone on the conventional pathway, has given young players, in all four provinces, a very realistic and tangible end-goal. For many, they work tirelessly to achieve it. In that sense, earning a place in a sub-academy or academy is often seen as the be-all and end-all, but for every success story and seamless transition through the grades, there are countless cases of talent slipping through the net, or potential being extinguished.The selection process can be utterly ruthless and a player can be disregarded and deterred as quickly as another can make the step up to senior rugby.Even at such a young age, players can feel their dream is slipping away when they fall on the wrong side of selection or injury denies them the chance to showcase their talent in the brief audition window at provincial underage level. The margins between ‘making it’ and not are so fine, so often defined by the tenacity of a player to seize their one opportunity when it arrives. Failure to do so, and another may not come. That opportunity came and ultimately passed Peter Sullivan by. A chronic run of knee injuries pockmarked his time with the Ireland U20s last season and unable to consistently train, let alone play, he fell out of the Leinster sub-academy. “It was tough,” he tells The42. “You know everyone is watching and most of the lads aren’t on academy contracts at that stage, so you kind of feel you’re in competition with everyone for a place. At the time, it did feel like it was slipping away from me.”Having impressed in schools rugby and for Leinster U18s, U19s and U20s, Sullivan — an athletically powerful winger — had negotiated the first set of career hurdles to earn a place in Noel McNamara’s U20s squad for the Six Nations, scoring in the first home game of the campaign against Italy. Take-off. But injury was to curtail his involvement in the championship, as he fell out of sight and out of mind, and further frustration followed when the knee issue — sustained during the open training session against Joe Schmidt’s senior squad in Athlone — was originally misdiagnosed. “I missed a lot of opportunities not being out there,” he laments. “It’s a big spotlight and I only got the first two games in, and then missed the rest of the Six Nations and the World Cup. There were opportunities to show what I was about but I wasn’t able to take them.” The winger played twice for Ireland during last year’s U20 Six Nations. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOWhat should have been a straightforward rehabilitation process turned into a four-month nightmare for the 20-year-old, who was told by two consultants that the injury was a recurrence of a previous PCL strain in his knee and surgery was not required. Just rest, and you’ll be fine. “Every time I would go back to train, it would swell up again and give me more pain. I was only really training once every two or three weeks, and if I was, I was kind of stumbling around the place. I didn’t get picked for the World Cup squad as they couldn’t rely on me being fit.”It was a deeply frustrating period for Sullivan who spent the second half of last season wondering why he was unable to shake off the problem, spending time he could ill-afford to lose simply resting and icing it, and hoping — praying — for a remedy. “When I was left out of the World Cup squad, I booked surgery because it wasn’t going away and had to be fixed,” he explains.“During the tournament, there were a few injuries to wingers and Noel, probably as a last resort, called me over. I saw it as a chance to get back out there and impress, it was a bit of desperation, to be honest. I knew I needed surgery and it wasn’t right, but I wanted to play. I was thinking at the time my chance was gone, so it was my last chance really. Or that’s how I viewed it.“I played against Georgia and it blew up straight away. I actually played the full game but had to go home straight away for surgery. I played but couldn’t perform and, yeah, you’re thinking that’s it.”As Sullivan went for surgery and faced a further injury layoff, some of his team-mates — the likes of Jack Dunne, Hugh O’Sullivan and Caelan Doris — have since progressed through to the Leinster senior squad, all three of whom were involved in the Pro14 game against Benetton on Saturday night. Luck can play a big part, and if it wasn’t for his bad luck with injuries, Sullivan, it seems, wouldn’t have had any luck at all. “I had chats with Peter Smyth [Leinster academy manager] and Noel McNamara but they just told me they hadn’t seen much, or enough, of me last year,” he admits. Again, it can be an unforgiving process. “But I think the injury and surgery changed my view on rugby. I just wanted to get back after and play again. When you’re in that environment there’s so much focus on performing and getting ahead of the next guy in the queue. You’re nearly looking ahead to what’s on offer down the line more than you are at the next game or playing. I think I came back more determined, but with a new look on it all.” And so Sullivan started his ascent back up the ladder, working diligently through his rehab in order to get back to full fitness in time for the start of the All-Ireland League season with Mike Ruddock’s Lansdowne, a club he had joined after completing his Leaving Certificate in 2017. It wasn’t where he wanted to be, but Sullivan knew it was a fresh start, and a chance to get back out on the pitch, a privilege he had been denied last year.“I was literally back just in time for the first week of pre-season, so it worked out well,” the Greystones native, who is in second year studying History and Politics in UCD, says.“I started all of the Leinster league games and then two of our others wingers — Mark O’Keeffe, who moved to America, and Adam Leavy, who was busy with the sevens programme — left and I just got game-time. That’s what I needed.”And he has made the most of it. With Lansdowne averaging over 40 points at home this season, Sullivan has been in prolific try-scoring form, with his brace against Garryowen on Saturday bringing his AIL tally to 14 for the campaign. The 20-year-old has been in sensational form for Lansdowne. Source: Ben Whitley/INPHOIt is a remarkable return for the winger who not only tops the Division 1A try-scoring charts but yesterday’s double equals Lansdowne’s club record for the number of tries scored in a single AIL season held by Connacht’s Matt Healy. And he’ll have the chance to break it next weekend against Clontarf, and then in a semi-final tie against the same opposition later this month.  Sullivan — who has also been training with the Ireland sevens squad to improve his speed, fitness and skills — has excelled in Lansdowne’s pacy and lethal back three alongside Dan McEvoy and captain Eamonn Mills this season, as he has put his injury problems firmly behind him to catch the eye with his performances and try-scoring exploits on the left wing.Pace, power and a lethal finishing ability, Sullivan has clearly benefitted from a consistent run of games and working under the guidance of former Wales coach Ruddock, has developed his game to become the most potent player in a physically-punishing league. “Mike is a great coach, he’ll give you an opportunity if you’re performing and has put a lot of faith in me,” Sullivan continues. “Through the injury, I would never have thought I would have had the season I’ve had now and I’ve been really lucky to stay injury free and have that consistency in performance. I can get out there every week and play and I’m enjoying it.”Not only has this season restored Sullivan’s confidence after the difficulties of 2018, he has proven to himself more than anyone that he is more than able to make the step up to the next level, after doubts had naturally crept in after the unwanted setback. With every game, and try, Sullivan’s stock has risen and while he hasn’t received contact from anyone outside Lansdowne, there is a renewed drive and ambition to chase a professional career now that the potential he always had is being fulfilled in eye-catching fashion. “It’s definitely still an ambition of mine to go pro, and maybe play for Ireland as well,” he states. “I’m taking it one step at a time and not looking too far forward. Maybe at the end of the season, something good might come out of it. You’re hoping, praying, someone will pick you up. Subscribe ‘I missed my chance and my dream of professional rugby was slipping away’ After falling out of the Leinster academy system, Peter Sullivan has bounced back from a potentially fatal career setback to lead the All-Ireland League try-scoring charts this season. For the moment, I’m focusing on the here and now. I was in the Leinster sub-academy last year, so you never know. I haven’t really spoken to them [Smyth and McNamara] much this year so I don’t actually know what they’re thinking. But I’m open to other provinces as well, I’m not very fussy about staying in Leinster, to be honest.Having been cut from the Leinster system last summer, and forced to face up to the reality that the professional rugby may pass him by, Sullivan has taken heart from seeing other players who were disregarded by their home provinces take alternative routes to the top in recent times.Paul Boyle, who also played for Lansdowne during his time in the Leinster sub-academy, was told there was no place for him in the full academy. Overlooked but not discouraged. Now, he’s making waves out west with Connacht and was awarded a first professional contract back in November. His story, among others, gives Sullivan hope and encouragement. “It’s great knowing there’s not just one team you have to play for. You know all the provinces have their eyes and minds open to other players, and they’re not just focused on who is in their region. Lansdowne are second in Division 1A. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“It’s inspiring to see other lads being picked up by Munster, Ulster and Connacht because it reminds you, Leinster is not the be-all and end-all. They’re just one team, there are three others in Ireland.”As others before Sullivan have proved, and many more will continue to prove, there is more than one pathway and while the flame may flicker because of one unfortunate injury or one selection decision, the AIL continues to be an excellent breeding ground for those players in need of another opportunity to prove their talent. It’s not always a smooth journey, but when there’s a will, there’s a way. It remains to be seen how Sullivan’s future — both in the short-term and further down the line — will play out but there is no doubt he has grabbed his chance with both hands and proved those who doubted him wrong. “I’ve got a lot more confidence now,” he adds. “Because I don’t think I believed it would happen for me last year through the injuries.“Mike is a great coach and I’m loving it at the moment and delighted to be helping the team. If anything comes of that, it would be great and something I’ve been working towards for so long. But I just have to continue to perform for Lansdowne and see what happens.”Sullivan can do no more than that. For now, all eyes are on next weekend’s clash with Clontarf and Healy’s try-scoring record. Breaking it would represent another knock on a door that is far from shut just yet.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

SA budget to deliver Labors plan

first_imgTom Koutsantonis – South Australia’s newly-appointed Treasurer – said this week that his first budget on June 19 will recommit the Weatherill government to infuse the state’s public services and infrastructure, and leave debt reduction on the back-burner – to “when the economy returns back to a growth phase.”“When the economy returns back to a growth phase, we’re allowed then to start paying down debt. That’s the mode we’re going down.”In one of his first interviews since being appointed, Mr Koutsantonis told Neos Kosmos that he would seek to realise all the pre-election commitments Labor had made in order to maintain and enhance public services and grow the economy.On specifics, the Minister said upgrades to hospitals and extending Adelaide’s O’Bahn – the city’s busway system – were high on his agenda.Asked whether he would commit to returning the state budget to surplus, the Treasurer said he would honour Labor’s pre-election promises, though he did not put a time-scale on bringing the SA’s balance sheet back into the black.“We made that commitment before the election and when we can deliver those surpluses we will,” he said.“We’re not borrowing money to pay wages, we’re borrowing money to build roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, police stations – things that are productive in our community.”Mr Koutsantonis added that Labor had “paid a heavy price” at the closely-fought election for pursuing the borrow and build policy, but that “it was the right thing to do, because we don’t want to see long-term unemployment going up in South Australia, we want to see people working.”With SA’s triple-A credit rating downgraded in 2012, Labor’s critics have called for action to limit the state’s debt burden, but the Treasurer suggest such calls are premature.“It’s far too early to be talking about the triple-A credit rating. What we want to do is maintain our double-A rating as is, and maintain it in the plus zone, to make sure that we are able to sustainably deliver infrastructure,” said Mr Koutsantonis.“When the economy returns back to a growth phase, we’re allowed then to start paying down debt. That’s the mode we’re going down.”While Labor has been returned as a minority government, Mr Koutsantonis said that the implementation of its plans would not be adversely affected by their slim majority.“Our first four years of government between 2002 and 2006 were as a minority government, and some people have remarked that they were the best years of Labor’s term in office.“I think compromise and working with Independents is a good thing. It brings out the best in people.”With 24 seats on Labor’s side in the SA House of Assembly the government has an absolute majority – and the leave of absence taken by veteran Independent Dr Bob Such on health grounds – is unlikely to affect Labor’s majority.Mr Koutsantonis said that if the Liberals had been returned at the SA election, an audit commission – similar to the one being conducted by the Abbott government in the run up to the federal budget – would have embarked on savage cuts to public services.“If there was a Liberal Treasurer sitting in my chair here today we’d be seeing our water assets being sold. We’d see wholesale closures around the city,” said the Treasurer.“South Australia is in an enviable position. We have more police per capita, more nurses per capita, more doctors and teachers per capita, than any other state. Those frontline services would have all been at risk had we lost the election.“South Australians have said with one voice ‘we want to maintain those services, and we also have to grow the economy’. That’s the balancing act we have to maintain.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Juve makes Ramsey the bestpaid Brit

first_imgArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has penned down a four-year pre-contract with Juventus ahead of becoming the best-paid Brit of all time on £400,000 per week.According to reports from BBC Sport, Ramsey underwent a two-part medical in January and put pen to paper on Monday, committing to Juve for the next four seasons.The player’s wish to play in an advanced midfield position for Arsenal appears to have clashed with Emery’s vision which prompted his exit from the club.BBC reporting that Aaron Ramsey will earn £400k/week basic salary at Juventus. Been told it’s actually around €7.5m net which works out to £250k/week.As ever, can only go with what I’m told, but £250k/week sounds a hell of a lot more plausible. (If still rather high…)— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) February 11, 2019The fee means the midfielder will surpass Wales teammate Gareth Bale as the highest-earning player from the British Isles, pocketing a basic salary of £400,000 a week, equating to €456,000.Ramsey, who completed a switch to Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008 for £4.8m, held preliminary talks with Barcelona and also received an offer from Paris St-Germain.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid also showed interest, with Real forward Gareth Bale understood to have encouraged his Wales team-mate to link up with him in Spain.The 28-year-old will officially become an Old Lady player on July 1, once his Arsenal contract expires.However, Italian football journalist Gabriele Marcotti believes the £400,000 figure is before tax and that Ramsey will take home £250,000 instead.Aaron Ramsey is set to become the all-time highest-paid British player ever after reportedly signing a £400,000-a-week contract with Juventus 🤑[Source: BBC]— Goal (@goal) February 11, 2019last_img read more

Flour divides taxed untaxed candy as of June 1

first_imgEVERETT — When it comes to candy, Washington will soon be a state of the taxed and taxed-nots.Come June 1, the state will begin adding sales tax to the price of gum and most — but not all — candy products.If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll need a spreadsheet to figure out whether your favorite goodie is about to get more expensive.Three Musketeers, for example, will be taxed, but Milky Way will not. Starburst, Gummi Bears and M&Ms? Yes. Nestle’s Crunch and Twizzlers? No.How will you and retailers know which item to tax? The Washington State Department of Revenue has posted online a list of nearly 3,000 items ranging from coffee-flavored hard candies to Wrigley’s Winterfresh chewing gum that will be subject to tax. You’ll find another 263 items that are not.State Department of Revenue:’s the difference? Flour. If the candy you like is prepared with flour, it will not be subject to sales tax.Candy subject to the tax can be made with “sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings and formed into bars, drops or pieces,” according to the state Department of Revenue.last_img read more

The Hill Enjoys Another RecordSetting January

first_img “The Hill has always been non-partisan and our explosive growth is a testament to that approach,” said Finkelstein in a statement. “We expect this growth to continue, with February on track to be another record-setting month.” Folio: I hear a lot of journalists say this is a uniquely complicated administration to cover for a variety of reasons. Is it ever a challenge or does it ever require extra care to maintain that non-partisanship upon which The Hill prides itself? This administration actually is in some ways quite open and that leads to traffic. There is always something going on. They may favor some outlets, but what administration hasn’t? The gaggle exclusion is a bad precedent, since it strains the way news is delivered. I doubt that will continue. The comScore rankings, as The Hill points out, place it well ahead of Politico, the Daily Caller, and “all other independent political sites,” meaning sites that aren’t part of a larger media organization, like CNN or The Huffington Post. In a time of unprecedented civic and political engagement — in the age of digital media, at least — count The Hill among those enjoying the so-called “Trump Bump.” Folio: followed up with Finkelstein to learn a little bit more about The Hill’s recipe for digital success. The 23-year-old D.C. media outlet, which primarily focuses on Capitol Hill politics and policy, reached a record high of 25 million unique visitors in the U.S. in January, according to comScore’s multi-platform data, a 135 percent increase over January 2016 — which, at the time, was itself a record-breaking month. Folio: Where have you seen most of your traffic coming from? How did The Hill do it? By playing it straight, says Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. chairman James Finkelstein. Finkelstein: We think we are the ultimate non-partisan site. We even try to balance contributor pieces. So, although we get criticized from both sides, people come to us because they trust us. James Finkelstein: We have added about 25 percent more editorial staff, adding coverage, which in itself helps traffic. We have added serious opinion contributors, which has drawn serious people to the site. In the last two years, we have added the best social team as well. We have lots of policy writers, which is unusual and probably is helpful. Finkelstein: We have very large shares from direct, search, and social as well as links. Over two years the largest increases have been in social, but referrals have been huge in recent times. Folio: Apart from a natural increase in interest during the political cycle, what have you done differently to achieve such a dramatic jump in traffic over last year?last_img read more

Amazon cast first actor in Lord of the Rings series

first_imgAustralian star Markella Kavenagh is the first actor to join the cast of Amazon’s much-awaited ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who has featured in shows such as ‘Romper Stomper’, ‘The Cry’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, will portray the role of Tyra. Further details of her character are yet to be revealed. The streamer had recently announced that ‘Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom’ helmer JA Bayona will be directing the first two episodes of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe will also serve as executive producer alongside partner Belen Atienza. Bryan Cogman, who worked as a writer and co-executive producer on ‘Game of Thrones’, also boarded the project as a series consultant. He is helping out the writing team of Patrick McKay and JD Payne, who were announced as series developers last year. Amazon has made a multi-season production commitment to the TV series. It will produce the show in cooperation with the Estate of J R R Tolkien, publishing house HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. However, the series will not be a retelling of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy. It will explore story set before the events in the first LOTR novel, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.last_img read more

New weekly webinars with Sandals Beaches kick off this Friday

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: Beaches Resorts, Education, Sandals Resortscenter_img TORONTO — Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are introducing new weekly, one-hour webinars created exclusively for travel agents and hosted by resort General Managers.Travel agents are invited to participate in the interactive, virtual sessions every Friday afternoon. Featuring a different property each week, the webinars provide agents with useful, up-to-the-minute information directly from the resort’s management team as well as unique sales tips.Space is still available for this week’s webinar showcasing Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, the very first Beaches resort. The webinar takes place Fri. Aug. 4 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT with Surinder ‘Lucky’ Kahlon, General Manager.Located on the widest stretch of Negril’s famous Seven-Mile Beach and spread out over a lushly landscaped 20 acres, Beaches Negril is known for its spectacular gardens beside the sea, the sprawling 18,000-square-foot Pirates Island waterpark, over a dozen categories of rooms and suites designed for families of all sizes, nine gourmet specialty restaurants – including Mariachi, exclusive to Beaches Negril – and a long list of activities and amenities.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backTo register for the Beaches Negril webinar Canadian agents can send an email to to receive further details and log-in instructions. New weekly webinars with Sandals, Beaches kick off this Friday Wednesday, August 2, 2017 last_img read more

South Africa toast to wine tourism with Vindaba

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Wine Tourism can contribute significantly to positioning South Africa as one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations according to the Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk.Described as one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market, Mr Van Schalkwyk believes wine tourism can contribute significantly to the South African economy.Key stakeholders in the wine and tourism industry are uniting with an exhibition called Vindaba, which will take place in September in South Africa’s Cape Town.Vindaba project manager Susannah Holz states wine and gourmet tourism is a trending travel category world-wide.However per capita spend is unevenly distributed amongst wine growing regions.  For example Napa Valley in California by example earns $188 a head whereas the Western Cape is currently earning $41 per head, Ms Holz pointed out.“This huge potential for growth must be unlocked for the greater benefit of our wine and tourism industries as well as the communities they support,” she said. Targeting local and international travel trade, Vindaba will be showcasing the best in South African wine-related tourism. Collaboration between tourism bodies and Wines of South Africa (WOSA), SA Tourism, Cape Town Tourism and the SA Wine Routes Forum together with a long-term strategy will aim at boosting wine tourism.Vindaba will be staged simultaneously with Cape Wine 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will focus on gastro-tourism through specialist seminars, provide tailor-made wine tours for the international and domestic travel to discover what the wine routes have to offer.last_img read more